Using Healthcare

Healthcare can be complicated, especially when you’re helping to manage someone else’s care. This information can help you find the right care for your loved one and make the most of doctors’ visits.

Start with a Primary Care Provider
A primary care provider knows your loved one and their medical history. Discover why having one is so important.

Is a Specialist Needed?
A primary care provider can guide your loved one to any other needed healthcare, including a specialist. This ensures that doctors are working together on their care.

Get the Most From Doctors’ Visits
Before you head to the doctor, read this list of what to bring—and what to bring home—from your loved one’s next appointment.

Helpful Healthcare Definitions
What’s the difference between a copayment and coinsurance? And between generic and brand name prescription drugs? Find out in our list of common healthcare words.

Last updated: 01/01/2018

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island depends on contract renewal.

* Blue MedicareRx (PDP) is a Prescription Drug Plan with a Medicare Contract.

Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc., Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont are the legal entities which have contracted as a joint enterprise with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and are the risk-bearing entities for Blue MedicareRx (PDP) plans. The joint enterprise is a Medicare-approved Part D Sponsor. Enrollment in Blue MedicareRx (PDP) depends on contract renewal.